Okay heres my question.
What did I know about diabetes before Reuben was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on 30th/31st May 2010 ?- (aged 8 months).
In the last year Ive been inducted into a fraternity that requires you learn SO MUCH about something you never gave much thought to prior.
Heres a list (digging into the deep dark recesses of my grey matter, blowing out dust, knocking out cobwebs and de-housing spiders as I go) -
My experiences with diabetes prior to R being diagnosed....
My brother was asthmatic as a child and in hospital to lose weight (to help his asthma) he was on a 'diabetic diet'. This was sugar free rubbery red jelly. I guessed diabetes sucked a$$, even then.
I read junior fiction books and lots of them. You could say I was prolific. One I recall was the baby sitters club. The book was 'The Truth about Stacey'. She was diabetic.
"Many of them, including her best friend, Laine, ditched her after she was diagnosed with diabetes. Her parents aren't much help; they keep dragging her from doctor to doctor looking for a miracle cure. All Stacey wants to do is manage her condition on her own terms."
I saw a TV program, Supernanny I beleive about a family managing their sons diabetes badly. I remember them scratching out carb counts and doing a play to show the other kids diabetes can be managed.
So-so. Not much reaction Im sure. I do remember watching it however.
I worked with a lady whose husband was type 2. She stressed one morning that her hubby was away on a fishing trip with beer and bad food and no glucose meter. I had no idea what his BGL was meant to be. I briefly asked her about it.
I belonged to a parenting message board where some mothers had gestational diabetes and required injections.
There thats it.
I guess Im trying to talk-myself-into-not-being-hard-on-those-on-the-outer-circle. They dont 'get' diabetes because they either havent been exposed to it, or have no imminent need to know about it. Theres not heaps of education or awareness out there regarding type 1. Or...they just dont care and are happy in their ignorance, misconceptions and fear. I was definately in the 'no imminent need to know' category. What about you?